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Jets reportedly planning to use Tim Tebow as red zone quarterback

When the 2012 season is finally underway, will Tim Tebow simply be a backup quarterback? Mark Sanchez is hoping he plays well enough out of the gate for that to be the case. Santonio Holmes just wants the ball no matter who’s throwing it, but he doesn’t believe a two-quarterback system would work at the NFL level. While it will likely be Sanchez’s job to lead the Jets down the first 95 yards of the field or so, it sounds like the last few could belong to Tebow.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, sources close to the Jets say the coaching staff is planning to use Tebow in red zone situations to either carry the ball or replace Sanchez as an extra blocker in obvious running situations. It’s a nice thought, but it may not be that simple.

As Pro Football Talk pointed out, the Jets had one of the best red zone offenses in football last season. For all the problems they had on offense, very few came inside their opponent’s 20-yard line. The only team in the NFL who converted more red zone trips into six points was the Lions. Is that something New York wants to mess around with?

It would be these types of reports that would concern me if I were a Jets fan. We know Rex Ryan wants to give Tebow a significant role in the offense because he has already said that. But are they doing it because Tebow creates a buzz and they have to feed the Tebowmaniacs, or do they truly believe using two quarterbacks will help Sanchez grow into the starter they believed he could be? Time will tell.

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  • Gene

    Sanchez is not going to be pleased because his passer rating will take a huge dip, with less TD passes.  Since I am not a Rex Ryan or Tim Tebow fan, I certainly hope the Jets screw up a good thing with a Red Zone  QB change.

  • vita deriso

    Sanchez is going to love Tebow taking on the red-zone plays!  LOL!  This is going to be a good drama all season long. Wait and see.

  • duckdodgers

    Using Tebow as the red zone quarterback is doomed from the start. Sanchez drives the team to the red zone. Sanchez comes out and Tebow come in cold and has no rhythm. The Jets are asking Tebow to make snap decisions and precise throw in a limited amount of space. Tebow has shown that to be his weakness so what is he going to do, run the football. Check out these stats from CBS Sports: Sanchez is better in the red zone than Tebow.
    Mark Sanchez has thrown 43 red zone touchdown passes in 53 games. Six of those TD passes came in six postseason games.Tim Tebow has nine red zone TD passes in his 25 games and none in his two postseason games.The strategy is also puzzling when you consider that more teams score in the red zone throwing than running. Last year there were 342 rushing touchdowns and 492 passing touchdowns in the red zone.Mark Sanchez threw 21 of his 26 touchdown passes in the red zone and only threw three interceptions. Is Tim Tebow going to run for 21 touchdowns in the red zone?What if the Jets decide that Tebow should come in at quarterback after Sanchez leads the team down inside the 10-yard line instead of inside the 20 yard line?During his career inside the 10, Sanchez has rushed 15 times for 11 touchdowns. Tim Tebow has rushed 11 times for 9 touchdowns.
    Mark Sanchez has thrown 43 red zone touchdown passes in 53 games. Six of those TD passes came in six postseason games.
    Tim Tebow has nine red zone TD passes in his 25 games and none in his two postseason games.
    The strategy is also puzzling when you consider that more teams score in the red zone throwing than running. Last year there were 342 rushing touchdowns and 492 passing touchdowns in the red zone.
    Mark Sanchez threw 21 of his 26 touchdown passes in the red zone and only threw three interceptions. Is Tim Tebow going to run for 21 touchdowns in the red zone?
    What if the Jets decide that Tebow should come in at quarterback after Sanchez leads the team down inside the 10-yard line instead of inside the 20 yard line?
    During his career inside the 10, Sanchez has rushed 15 times for 11 touchdowns. Tim Tebow has rushed 11 times for 9 touchdowns.

  • deacon007

    How about you send Sanchez to the CFL and make Tebow your starting QB?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Lanhamhimer Christopher Lanham

    I like the idea, have for almost a year now: if it works, why not?

  • coxmriguy

    sanchez cant bust through the line to score like tim